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Darlingtonia State Natural Site, Florence

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Darlingtonia State Natural Site is a state park and botanical preserve located five miles north of Florence, Oregon, United States on U.S. Route 101, just west of Mercer Lake and south of Sutton Lake that is dedicated to the preservation of a rare plant.Darlingtonia californica is a carnivorous plant, commonly known as the cobra lily, which traps insects in its hollow tubular leaves, whose top is flared into a hollow dome with a forked "tongue" that gives the species its common name. In late spring, they bear purple and yellow flowers that rise above the green cobra-like leaves. Darlingtonia are found only in wet meadows and bogs with acidic soils low in nitrogen. The rare, strangely shaped plant is the only member of the pitcher plant family Sarraceniaceae in Oregon.The park has a short loop trail through a peat bog area overlooking patches of Darlingtonia. It is the only Oregon state park dedicated to the protection of a single plant species.
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  • Easy hike interesting plants, kids will like the path and the fact that the plants eat bugs. A must see if you're into horticultural.  more »
  • This is a lovely forested mini-park and nature area just off highway 101. A short level walk leads to a viewing area to see the carnivorous plants. Amenities are few. There are a few older picnic tabl...  more »
  • This does not looklike anything untill you walk inand then you see the beauty. If you dont look for this little park you might miss it right off highway 101. It would be a great place to have a lunch ...  more »
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  • So cool to see a species of carnivorous plants in their native environment. But watch for the signs - it's easy to miss.
  • Incredibly interesting. How often do you get to see carnivorous plants right here on the Oregon Coast..
  • Must see. A beautiful, one-of-a-kind forest featuring a plant that traps and consumes insects! Like the Venus Fly Trap, the Darlingtonia Californica lures insects into it's trap with a sweet nectar smell before slowly digesting them.
  • Beautiful and stunning. These plants are worth seeing. A very short walk.
  • Our son Jason grows these "bug-eating " plants. He is starting a business in Arizona! Good luck son.